Nikki Haley has distinguished herself during her short tenure as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations with her refusal to mince words, especially when it comes to the dictatorial regimes and abusers of human rights that plague our planet. The recent protests in Iran are no exception to that rule, and Haley has been a strong voice in support of the Iranian people’s right to peacefully protest.
In a statement released last night, Haley called for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation in Iran, and clearly stated her wish to prevent horrors like those that took place in Syria from happening in Iran. She even went so far as to draw a connection between any country that might seek to thwart the Security Council from having this discussion to the Iranian regime’s efforts to silence its own people.
“Tomorrow the UN Security Council will discuss the troubling and dangerous situation in Iran. The world has witnessed the horrors that have taken place in Syria, that began with a murderous regime denying its people’s right to peacefully protest. We must not let that happen in Iran. This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of international peace and security. It will be telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion, just as the Iranian regime tries to deny its own people the ability to have their voices heard,” said Ambassador Haley.
Ambassador Nikki Haley on the situation in #Iran: "This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of international peace and security."
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) January 5, 2018
Haley’s leadership role on this issue is especially powerful considering how women have been the symbolic face of the Iranian protests so far. Haley was the first woman elected governor in South Carolina, was a top contender as a vice presidential running mate for several of 2016’s Republican presidential candidates, and is widely viewed as a potential future president herself.
America’s liberal feminists have been content to largely ignore both Haley’s accomplishments, and the plight of the Iranian women protesting for their fundamental rights. Luckily for the Iranian people, Haley isn’t waiting for the permission of feminists or the authoritarian regimes that infest the UN to speak up.
The Security Council meeting will take place at 3:00 pm Eastern Time, and RedState will cover Haley’s speech.
UPDATE: Haley is speaking now. You can watch on C-SPAN or online here.
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